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ABC Ups Brian Morewitz to Head of Drama Development Following Channing Dungey Promotion

Brian Morewitz has been named ABC Entertainment’s senior VP of drama development, taking the reigns of the network’s drama department following the recent promotion of Channing Dungey to entertainment president, Variety has learned.

Dungey, to whom he will report, announced his promotion on Tuesday.

In his new, elevated role, Morewitz will oversee the development and production of all drama pilots and the launch of new drama series for ABC Entertainment. The Alphabet will announce new drama series orders for the 2016-17 television season in May.

Morewitz was previously VP of drama development. He has developed and overseen freshman breakout “Quantico,” which has been renewed for a second season; John Ridley’s critically acclaimed “American Crime”; the long-running “Castle”; fan-favorite series “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”; “Nashville,” which returns this week; “Revenge”; and “Brothers & Sisters.”

Prior to ABC, Morewitz was SVP at Escape Artists, where he helped develop feature films, including Nicolas Cage’s “Knowing” and “S.W.A.T.” He also held other development positions within the motion picture industry, including SVP of Black and Blu Entertainment and VP of Lucas Foster Productions. He began his career as a story editor for New Line Cinema.

Dungey was named president of ABC entertainment last month, replacing Paul Lee. She is the first Africa-American to head programming at a major broadcast network.

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